Siam Country Club (Old Course)

Course Data
Location Pattaya, Thailand
Yardage 7162 yards Par 72
Course Rating 74.1
Playing Date Feb 1 2005 & Feb 8, 2015
Desingner Ichisuke Izumi
Redesigner Lee Schmidt & Brian Curley
Opened 1971
Caddy Yes
Golf Cart Yes
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The Old Course of Siam Country Club is set on a hillside terrain with matured trees lining the fairways. It is one of the oldest course in all of Thailand. During my original play in 2005, aside from a few memorable holes, the course was not impressive at all. This was because there were fewer strategically placed bunkers, a featureless green complex, and wild fairway grasses. In 2007, Lee Schmidt renovated the entire course by cutting the unnecessary trees, adding bunkers with a modern esthetic look, changing all green fairway grasses, and re-designing the green shapes. Although Lee Schmidt kept the original routing, the course was changed into a new design. The new course features about a hundred strategically placed deep-bunkers, undulating fairways with deep roughs, and many narrow two or three tiered greens. This course now requires players to use both accuracy and a game plans in order to overcome many obstacles. The Old Course hosted the Honda LPGA from 2010 to 2017 at the length of 6548 yards

A view of 14th green

A view from Hole 15's landing pint

Undulating, triple-tiered 18th green

Hole 1 Par 5 543 yards

The opening hole is a slight downhill dogleg that bends to the left. Bunkers at the right corner of the fairway must be avoided off the tee. A small bunker that is placed fifty yard short of the green will force players to make a decision whether to lay up or go over the bunker. The green itself is elevated and deep.


Hole 1 Par 5 543 yards (3)

Hole 1 Par 5 543 yards (21)

Hole 1 Par 5 543 yards (1)
Hole 3 Par 4 449 yards

Hole 3 Par 4 449 yards (2)

Hole 3 Par 4 449 yards (1)

An uphill par four with a dogleg bend to the right. The hole is twenty yards longer than its actual distance due to the fact that it is uphill. While distance on the tee shot is important, accuracy is also important as the landing area is very narrow due to a combination of bunkers and mature trees lining that are placed on both sides of fairway. When players hit their tee shot towards the right side of the fairway, the trees protruding from the right, may hinder the approach shot. The green is deep, narrow, and is protected by a bunker on the right.

Hole 6 Par 4 423 yards

Hole 6 Par 4 423 yards (2)

Hole 6 Par 4 423 yards (1)

The sixthth hole is an uphill par four with a dogleg that bends to the left. The uphill elevation makes this hole’s play twenty yards longer than the yardage. The main hazards are located around the green where bunkers protect all three sides. It is difficult to judge the correct distance on the second shot to the raised green due to the noted elevation difference and the fact that the green is deep and narrow.

Hole 8 Par 3 220 yards

Hole 8 Par 3 220 yards

An over-a-lake, long, and slightly downhill par three. While the lake does not come directly into play, it does enhance the aesthetics of the hole. The green is deep and has bunkers on its right and back side. There are also two small bunkers and a tightly mowed recovery area on the left.

Hole 9 Par 4 422 yards

Hole 9 Par 4 422 yards (2)

Hole 9 Par 4 422 yards (1)
This par four consists of a slight dogleg that bends to the right. There is a beautiful Buddha statue that can be seen on the hillside beyond the green. During the tee shot, players should avoid the cluster of large fairway bunkers on the left at all costs. The green has three different levels or surfaces making the putting experience difficult. Furthermore, it is also wide, elevated, severely sloped, protected on both sides by bunkers, and has a large valley that runs through the middle.
Hole 11 Par 4 450 yards

A straightly designed long par 4. The tee shot plays over a lake and into a well bunkered landing area. There is very little room for error as the fairway is surrounded by bunkers both on its left and right sides. Furthermore, the green is protected by an additional two bunkers on its front right and left.


Hole 11 Par 4 450 yards (3)

Hole 11 Par 4 450 yards (2)

Hole 11 Par 4 450 yards (1)
Hole 16 Par 3 221 yards

Hole 16 Par 3 221 yards (2)

Hole 16 Par 3 221 yards (1)
The 16th hole is an over-the-water long par three. The green is slightly elevated and surround by four bunkers, two which is on its front right.
Hole 17 Par 4 396 yards

Hole 17 Par 4 396 yards (2)

Hole 17 Par 4 396 yards (1)
A par four with a dogleg bend to the left. A creek crosses the landing area about 270 yards off the tee and a lake that is placed on the left of the fairway. Therefore, players will require accuracy in order to avoid the hazard. The green is angled right to left and there is a large bunker that comes into play in its front.
Hole 18 Par 5 540 yards

The last hole is the course’s signature hole. It is an uphill hole that curves twice towards to the left. Players should hit to the left half of the fairway, as this will allow for a second shot with a good angle on the tough landing area. The landing area itself is guarded by three fairway bunkers. The green is elevated, triple-tiered, and consists of a lot of elevation changes, making putting very difficult when the pin far is away from the player’s ball.


Hole 18 Par 5 540 yards (3)

Hole 18 Par 5 540 yards (2)

Hole 18 Par 5 540 yards (1)
Hole 19
The course is a 30-minute drive from Pattaya and a 1 hour 45 minute-drive from Bangkok. The Country Club has two more courses with its own separate clubhouse. These include Plantation Course and Waterside Course. It takes about five minutes to get from one clubhouse to another.




According to the site, The Old Course at Siam Country Club was ranked 4th out of the 270 (as of 2015) courses in all of Thailand during its 2016 evaluation.

The original designer, Ichisuke Izumi, is Japanese. His famous works in Japan are Sidegaura CC, Hannou GC, and Shimazu GC.

Other Lee Schmidt and Brain Curry designed courses in Thailand are Amata Spring
, Siam CC (Plantation Course), Muang Kaew GC (re-design), and Chiang Mai Highlands G&SR.